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Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones during his team’s Grand Slam winners celebration at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay. Photograph: PA

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones has been unveiled as the 2019 Six Nations Player of the Championship. The experienced secondrow captained his side to t(...)

Alun Wyn Jones: an inspirational figure for Wales whose contribution to the cause  cannot be summed up by mere statistics. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Inpho

I had hoped Ireland’s hibernation in that opening round against England was covert preparation for a more overt action in Cardiff but Ireland stayed i(...)

A dejected Cian Healy and Conor Murray following the defeat to Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As the old maxim goes, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish and never has that seemed truer than at the Principality Stadium on Saturday. In (...)

James Ryan cuts a dejected figure following the defeat to Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The ignominy of this Six Nations campaign will bruise, swell and cut Ireland deeply in the days, weeks and months ahead. Watching James Ryan through (...)

Peter O’Mahony with Sean O’Brien  during yesterday’s captain’s run for Ireland at the  Principality Stadium, Cardiff. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Six Nations: Wales v Ireland Kick off: 2.45pm. Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff. How to follow: The Irish Times liveblog will start at 2pm.&(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland during the Captain’s Run. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Wales have confirmed that the Principality Stadium roof will be open for Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations game. This decision comes despite a forebodin(...)

The closed roof in the Principality Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A debate over the Principality stadium roof - to open or to close - has broken out between Wales and Ireland ahead of Saturday’s match in Cardiff. Us(...)

Gareth Anscombe: “Wales has a number of good players. We back our 30-man squad and feel we can take on anyone in the world.” Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Wales may be armed with a record 13-match winning run when they face Ireland at the Principality Stadium on Saturday but Gareth Anscombe believes they(...)

 Saturday’s clash in Cardiff will mark Joe Schmidt’s 30th and last Six Nations game as Ireland’s head coach, and also Warren Gatland’s 50th and last for Wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland appear to have drawn something of a short straw again. Playing England first-up they ran into a hugely motivated team who’d had a fortnight t(...)

Liam Turner: “All the coaches are really helpful, so I have come on in leaps and bounds in terms of conditioning and rugby knowledge.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Liam Turner rolls his eyes good naturedly and smiles; he knows the question is coming. After all, it’s hard to be inconspicuous having previously worn(...)

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